Once Upon A Time: Remembering Helen Kubik

Many of us, when we approached the age of reading for ourselves, selected books that offered larger-than-life stories with fairy-tale endings to somehow make our lives a little more fantastic. For those of us who went to Pine Grove Elementary in the 1970s, we lived that fantastic fairy tale, with open-space classrooms, a large reading … Continue reading Once Upon A Time: Remembering Helen Kubik

Gretchie’s Gifts: Free December Download

For the month of December, I am offering Faith, Hope, and Legacy: a Collection of Christmas Reflections, which features "Gretchie's Gifts," at no cost to you. "Gretchie's Gifts" is the story that kicked off our annual gift drive for the children at Sinai Hospital's PICU. The story behind the story is compelling, and it took … Continue reading Gretchie’s Gifts: Free December Download

The Story Behind Our Toy Drive for Sinai PICU

Here's why we do this for the beautiful children in the Sinai Hospital PICU:  In 1981, I owned a 1968 Ford Falcon – my first car that was desperately seeking love. I was reminded of this at every red light, when I would have to throw the car into park, rev the engine just enough … Continue reading The Story Behind Our Toy Drive for Sinai PICU

Officer Caprio Community Memorials Continue A Month After Her Death

by Rus VanWestervelt Exclusive for Baltimore News And Events June 21, 2018 A month ago, Laura Joy Rode and Erinn Patrick, third-grade teachers at Seven Oaks Elementary and residents of Parkville, sat in their classrooms with their students until 9 p.m. as police wrapped up their initial investigation of the death of one of their … Continue reading Officer Caprio Community Memorials Continue A Month After Her Death

Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections

Sharing with all of my Baltimore Writer followers... Thank you very much for your interest in Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections, featuring "Gretchie's Gifts," my latest Christmas story in memory of my dear friend, Gretchen Trageser Smith. This is a 121-page eBook (PDF format) that can be opened on any smartphone … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections

Memorial Day: Remember The Sacrifice

My alarm went off at 2:57 a.m., and three minutes later, I received the text from my friend Trina. Leaving now to commence with project honor Memorial Day. Twenty minutes later, at 3:20 a.m., after I had gathered my photo gear and thrown some journals and pens in my backpack, I headed out the door … Continue reading Memorial Day: Remember The Sacrifice

Chasing Fire: Understanding the Death of Baltimore’s Mayor in 1904

 In 2003, I completed my 306-page thesis on the Baltimore Fire of 1904. In my research, I stumbled on a little-known fact about the mayor of Baltimore during that historic conflagration, and I composed a much shorter piece (below) about his death and my pursuit of the truth about how he died. In the process, … Continue reading Chasing Fire: Understanding the Death of Baltimore’s Mayor in 1904